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Optional Procedure Mailers, Pay Attention

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This item was mixed in with the DMM advisory on July DMM Updates…

From the Advisory:
New Authorization Process for Mailers Using Special Postage Payment Systems
We revised 705 to reflect a new authorization process for mailers wishing to mail under a special postage payment system, and to remove reference to fixed 2-year authorization periods.

And here is part of the new rules –
3.2.4 Authorization Period
[7-5-11] Authorization remains in effect until such time as the Business Mailer Support manager or the mailer cancels the authorization or agreement.


This reads to me like the USPS can revoke your OP Agreement whenever they feel like it.

Further on:

3.2.10 USPS Cancellation

[7-5-11] The USPS may cancel an Optional Procedure Mailing System authorization if:

a. The mailer provides misleading or incorrect data to avoid paying postage, makes no mailings under the Optional Procedure authorization or service agreement during any consecutive 12-month period, or fails to comply with the terms of the authorization or service agreement or the standards applicable to the Optional Procedure Mailing System.

b. A periodic review or audit reveals that the Optional Procedure Mailing System authorization or service agreement should be discontinued or the mailer is not complying with the terms of the authorization or service agreement.

3.2.11 Cancellation Notice and Appeal

[7-5-11] The cancellation takes effect 15 days from the mailer’s receipt of the notice unless, within that time, the mailer files a written appeal with the Business Mailer Support manager. The appeal must present additional information explaining why the Optional Procedure Mailing System authorization should not be canceled. If the Business Mailer Support manager does not uphold the appeal, the appeal letter, additional information, and the complete record underlying the decision to cancel the authorization are forwarded to the vice president, Mail Entry and Payment Technology, USPS Headquarters, who issues the final agency decision to the mailer.


There a lot of revisions to this section, bears reviewing for OP mailers.  One caveat is that the 2 year review will no longer be required.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

July 5th, 2011 at 11:38 am

How to Practice Cell Phone Etiquette

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How to Practice Cell Phone Etiquette – wikiHow.

Not specific to mailing, of course, but a great common sense look at how to be courteous while using your cell phone.

Take a look, you may see yourself in some of these situations and not even realize how others may be perceiving you as being rude.  I know I have committed some of these “oops” myself, and will work on being more sensitive to those around me.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

July 1st, 2009 at 3:27 pm

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Study examines responses to direct mail

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From the New England Business Bulletin

“Forty-eight percent of households surveyed “read” direct mail pieces and 33 percent “scan” direct mail pieces. Less than one out of every five households report they usually do not read their advertising mail.”

Direct Mail Works!

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November 21st, 2008 at 10:47 pm

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FedEx to raise rates – DMNews

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September 27th, 2008 at 9:03 am

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The History of Labor Day

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From the US Department of Labor

U.S. DOL – The History of Labor Day

Happy Labor Day to all!

Written by Lisa.Bowes

September 1st, 2008 at 12:01 am

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Welcome to the Postal Affairs Blog

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Let’s start off with a definition of this form of communication, a blog:

A blog is a website in which items are posted on a regular basis, and displayed in reverse chronological order.  Blogs use a conversational style of documentation.

I have maintained a profesional Postal Affairs blog for many years, and I am glad to be back.  Utilizing this format of communication enables me to keep readers up to date on the very latest news and information regarding the United States Postal Service, and the mailing industry in general.  Plans are to continue on where I left off, keeping readers updated on issues critical to their mailing success.

I would like to extend my welcome to new readers, and a hearty “welcome back” to my long-term readership as well.  Blogging here will give me the opportunity to keep readers informed without running the risk of information overload.  I look forward to posting here on a regular basis, so plan on stopping back often.

As always, your comments, topic suggestions, and feedback are most welcome.  Drop me a note at anytime.

Best wishes,


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August 26th, 2008 at 9:12 am

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